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The image was acquired by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA's Terra satellite on October 27, 2012. It was made from a combination of near-infrared and visible light. In this type of false-color image, sand is tan and shadows are black or gray. The blue-tinted areas are likely mineral-rich evaporites. The image is centered at 29.8°north latitude, 7.9°east longitude, near the town of Gadamis. As is common with star dunes, some of the dunes have long interlacing arms connecting to nearby dunes. NASA image courtesy NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team.

Incredible photos of all 32 World Cup countries from space

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s has one of the coolest Flickr accounts around. The folks over at Goddard have collected NASA’s incredible images of every World Cup country, from space! These breathtaking images offer a unique perspective that really captures the beauty of these countries.

Photos and captions courtesy of NASA